Thursday, July 5, 2012

Purrs and Prayers for Carmine and Some Sad News

It shouldn't still surprise me after so long in the pet blogging world, but it still does.  I have found some of the most compassionate, caring, wonderful people and kitties and woofies over the years; it never ceases to amaze me how supportive and wonderful everyone, every kitty, and every woofie is when a furry friend isn't well or crosses over to the Rainbow Bridge.  Thank you so much for all the love, support, comments, suggestions, hugs, purrs, and prayers.  We so appreciate you all more than we can say.

Ann from Zoolatry made this badge for us.  Thank you, Ann! You are so talented and such a generous and compassionate person.

Carmine is hanging in there.  He ate well both yesterday and today.  Everyone stayed downstairs for the most part when it was time for him to eat, and I think that helped him not be so anxious. He is spending a lot of time in his cube in my room.  At night, sometimes he goes out to the living room and lays under the coffee table for a while.

The more I think about it, the more I think a lot of his behavior is stress-related.  BUT I don't want to assume it's stress, so I'm definitely still taking him to the vet.  We will get him an exam and they will probably want to test his urine to make sure his crystals aren't back and probably some blood tests, too.  Of course, we will get him any other test the vet feels is appropriate as well.  I'm just guessing what they might want to use to figure out what's going on with my baby.  I hear that stress is very bad for FLUTD so that is definitely cause for concern.  However, I have been watching him in his litter box to make sure he isn't having trouble urinating.  He has been urinating without trouble so far, so that's definitely good. :)

I really hope the stress doesn't make his arthritis pain worse.  I'd hate for him to hurt at all.  He is too precious to me and I cannot stand to see him suffer - it seriously makes me cry to even think about it.

I am definitely going to look into getting him Comfort Zone or Feliway like many of you suggested.  Does anybody recommend one over the other or are they about the same in terms of effectiveness?

I think I will be heading to PetSmart later.  They have been selling Comfort Zone, but if Feliway is better, I can always order that on-line.

I just want my little fuzzy baby to be happy and content again.

In other news, my little fishie passed away today.......RIP my little Angel.  I wonder if fishies go to the Rainbow Bridge like kitties?  If you are there, Angel, say hi to Emma for us.  We miss you both.


  1. I do hope Carmen will be okay - I'll be purring for him over here. Yes, animal people are the best! WE agree with you there.

  2. We're purring for Carmine.

    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

  3. Sending love and hugs to you and Carmie. Please keep us posted on how your sweet, beautiful boy is doing xoxo

  4. Purrs to sweet Carmine. I think Feliway and Comfort Zone are basically the same thing. The difussers seem to work good but you might buy some spray too and mist it around. I am sorry about your fishy...and yes, they go swim right under the Rainbow Bridge.

  5. We're glad to hear Carmine is eating. Feliway and Comfort Zone are the same thing....Comfort Zone is the "name brand" feliway is sold under. Our mom buys all our feliway on line because she can find it cheaper than at the pet stores. We hope it helps.

    We are sorry to hear about Angel. We're sure she's swimming happily at the bridge now.

  6. Poor Carmine - we hope the vet gives you a good report and his stress can be reduced some.

    And we know Angel is over the Bridge swimming happily...sorry for your loss.

  7. We are purring for poor little Carmine. We have used both Feliway and Comfort Zone. I poor Squashies is a very nervous girl. I haven't noticed a difference in the effectiveness of either product.

    Oh of course Angel is at the bridge! There is a beautiful stream there with nice little coves for her to play in. I'm sure Emma has already stopped by to welcome her.

  8. We are glad to hear that Carmine is eating a little better. We sure are sending tons of purrs so that you will keep eating. So sorry about Angel, the little fishy. We agree that Angel went to the bridge.

  9. Swim free little fishy Angel, we are sad that you had to leave your family. We send love and rumbly purrs to your family.

    Oliver, Gerry & Mungo

    PS: We've only used the Feliway diffusers and we think they are great! Glad Carmine is chowing down again :)

  10. Hang in there, Carmine kittie. The stresskids will leave, in time.

    Purrrrrrss to Angel. (though Angel probably doesn't consider kittie purrrrrss much comfort, come to think of it)

  11. We're glad to hear that Carmine has been eating better (good job, Carmine!). We'll be purring and praying, just as we already have been). Our Moosey is a nervous cat, and the calming collar really seems to have helped lower his anxiety. They don't work for every cat, but for Moosey they do.

    Sorry to hear about your fishie. Yes, Brian is right ... they do indeed swim right under the Bridge.

    Hugs to you all.

  12. How is your baby now? I have been purring for him.

  13. How is your baby now? I have been purring for him.